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New Beginnings

First Church,

img_0063-2As we enter 2020 – I wanted to let you know how honored I feel to serve our Lord with you. We have made some treasured memories together over the last 6.5 years. I look forward to the time God gives us to continue to serve Him together. Whatever happens to our denomination – we can remain faithful to our Lord.

2020 will see many changes. We have a significant General Conference in the United Methodist Church in May with many proposals about our future as a church. We have a Presidential election in November as well – with many possible changes to our country’s leadership. If the Lord allows – we will see these – along with another birthday and special holidays.

A New Year – and even a new decade – are times God offers us as New Beginnings. Some will want to change some things in their lives. Some will get married. Some will have children. Some will get new jobs. Some will purchase a new home. Some may move away. Others may move into the area and join us at First Church. Some may try to change their physical or emotional or spiritual health. What new beginning are you looking forward to in 2020?

With this New Year – I would like to challenge us all – myself included – to grow spiritually. If we don’t already – begin tomorrow morning doing 5-10 minutes of devotions each day (or add 5-10 minutes to your current practice). During these devotion times – spend time in the Word of God – in prayer – and in a devotional (if you need suggestions, ask me).

Prayer is one thing I want us to practice more. Oh – what God could do with a praying church. Take the prayer concerns from worship each week and spend time lifting them to God. Name your own concerns and joys before God. Pray for your church and for your pastors (your pastors will be better men of God and pastors if you pray for them). Pray for your family and for your co-workers. List the prayers that God answers in a journal so you can review how God has acted in your life in 2020.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

Therefore I want the men (and women) everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 1 Timothy 2:8

Happy New Year First Church. I hope the year before us is an amazing adventure for our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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